Day 17: Pittsburgh, PA

3430 miles

Day 17: Pittsburgh, PA

3430 miles

Day 14-16: Chicago, IL.

2995 miles

Day 14-16: Chicago, IL.

2995 miles

Day 11-13: Davenport, IA.

2710 miles.

Day 11-13: Davenport, IA.

2710 miles.

Day 10: Iowa City, IA

2632 miles

Day 10: Iowa City, IA

2632 miles

Day 9: Council Bluffs, IA. 

2345 miles

Day 9: Council Bluffs, IA.

2345 miles

Day 8: Lincoln, NE

2290 miles

Day 8: Lincoln, NE

2290 miles

Day 7: Denver, CO

1751 miles

Day 7: Denver, CO

1751 miles

Day 6: Salt Lake City, UT. 

1275 miles.

Day 6: Salt Lake City, UT.

1275 miles.

Day 5: Pocatello, ID 

1015 miles

Day 5: Pocatello, ID

1015 miles

Day 4: Missoula, MT

685 miles.

Day 4: Missoula, MT

685 miles.

Day 3. SPOKANE, WA.

498 miles
Day 3. SPOKANE, WA.

498 miles

Day 2: Seattle, WA174 miles

Day 2: Seattle, WA

174 miles
BRING A MIX TAPE TO MY READINGS
I’m ready to depart tomorrow morning for my 6 week poetry tour road trip. I bought a 1989 Chevy conversion van for the trip, and I’m going to try to go the entire trip using only the listening technology of that year, 1989, since the van only comes equipped with a cassette deck. (I’m bringing tape recorders and doing things with them at my readings too.)
So, I have an idea: if you come to one of these readings, BRING ME A MIX TAPE. I’ll listen to it (with a handful of other poets along the way) as I depart your town, and I’ll tweet about the mixes as I listen under the hashtag #mixtapetour. I’ll review the tapes by town, in order to determine which towns make the most and least impressive mixes. I’m looking at you first, Seattle. 
You bring me a mix tape, and I’ll bring, for sale, a copy of The Book of Joshua, a copy of Wong May’s Picasso’s Tears, and some prints of some of my portraits. Please bring all of your cash, because this van drinks a lot of gas.
PS. The mix tape drawn above was part of my good friend Kate Bingaman-Burt’s mix tape drawing project, “Other People’s Mixtapes" 

BRING A MIX TAPE TO MY READINGS

I’m ready to depart tomorrow morning for my 6 week poetry tour road trip. I bought a 1989 Chevy conversion van for the trip, and I’m going to try to go the entire trip using only the listening technology of that year, 1989, since the van only comes equipped with a cassette deck. (I’m bringing tape recorders and doing things with them at my readings too.)

So, I have an idea: if you come to one of these readings, BRING ME A MIX TAPE. I’ll listen to it (with a handful of other poets along the way) as I depart your town, and I’ll tweet about the mixes as I listen under the hashtag #mixtapetour. I’ll review the tapes by town, in order to determine which towns make the most and least impressive mixes. I’m looking at you first, Seattle

You bring me a mix tape, and I’ll bring, for sale, a copy of The Book of Joshua, a copy of Wong May’s Picasso’s Tears, and some prints of some of my portraits. Please bring all of your cash, because this van drinks a lot of gas.

PS. The mix tape drawn above was part of my good friend Kate Bingaman-Burt’s mix tape drawing project, “Other People’s Mixtapes

PORTRAITS FOR SALE

I recently finished a portraiture series of 15 of my favorite poets (10 of which are shown above) using pencil, color pencil, and ink pen. Quality prints of these portraits are now available to be purchased at Buy Olympia. The prints are 8.5 x 11, full-bleed, 11-color high definition ink process on 100% cotton fiber acid free paper, and they’re $20 each. Maybe buy one or two, have Buy Olympia ship them right to your door, and frame them right above the mantel on your fake fireplace. 

If you want to see and buy a few in person, I’ll bring a selection with me on this poetry road trip. So, you bring your $20. 

Also, I’ll have a show opening with the originals at the University of Arizona Poetry Center on August 13 from 3-5pm

The originals of these portraits are for sale too. If you’re interested in purchasing an original, send me an email. 

The Book of Joshua came in the mail today. I’ve been writing this thing off and on since 2008, and I’m so thankful to the handful of people who have helped me understand the narrative I was trying to write. Now it is a thing in the world. And now it is time to celebrate it with a book tour. I’ll see you at Powells tonight, and other places after that. 

The Book of Joshua came in the mail today. I’ve been writing this thing off and on since 2008, and I’m so thankful to the handful of people who have helped me understand the narrative I was trying to write. Now it is a thing in the world. And now it is time to celebrate it with a book tour. I’ll see you at Powells tonight, and other places after that